The Black Lion
“Cosy black-and-white pub in charming Welsh countryside” - AA Inspector
This attractive 16th-century village pub in the pretty Cothi Valley is run by Lyn and Phil Kane, who took over in October 2017. They have quickly put their stamp on the place, refurbishing the bar, restaurant and kitchen, as well as adding a coffee shop. You can eat from the Welsh-sourced menu in the flagstoned bar or restaurant, the evening menu offering starters like slow-cooked Welsh pork belly with hot and sour rhubarb, followed by Capestone free-range lemon chicken, buttery crushed potatoes and watercress. The lovely beer garden overlooks a Roman bridge.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About the area
Carmarthenshire is the largest of the historic counties of Wales, and known to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Carmarthen, its county town, with its Roman fort, claims to be the oldest town in Wales.
Carmarthenshire was a heavily disputed territory between the Welsh and the Normans in the 12th and 13th centuries, and many of the castles and forts dotting its landscapes date from this period. They include ruins at Carreg Cennen, Dinefwr, Dryslwyn, Laugharne, Llansteffan and Newcastle Emlyn, as well as the slightly better-preserved Kidwelly Castle. Carmarthen Castle, meanwhile, saw further fighting during both the Wars of the Roses and the Civil War, when it was captured twice by the Parliamentary forces, and ordered to be dismantled by Oliver Cromwell.
In these more peaceful times, the economy of the county is mainly agricultural (the 19th-century Rebecca Riots, in which local farmers and agricultural workers protested against higher tolls and taxes, started in Carmarthenshire), and its fertile farmland is known as ‘The Garden of Wales’. A more literal garden, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, opened in 2000.
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